THE senior European Championships in show jumping and dressage will go ahead in Germany in 2021, but there will be no eventing championships.
After cancelled next year’s Europeans back in May when the Tokyo Olympic Games were rescheduled, the FEI have now reversed that decision and they will take place from August 30th to September 12th 2021.
Riesenbeck, home-base of Barcelona 1992 Olympic champion Ludger Beerbaum, have been allocated the show jumping championships from August 30th to September 4th, pending final confirmation from the organiser.
Allocation of the dressage championships 2021 was confirmed to Hagen from September 7th-12th, host venue to major international events annually, also pending final confirmation from the organiser.
Confirmation of the decision on the two championships came at Tuesday’s FEI Board meeting, held via videoconference. The FEI Board, with the full support of the European Equestrian Federation (EEF), agreed that in view of the rescheduled Olympic and Paralympic Games and the huge amount of planning involved, if either of the venues is unable to host these championships, the bid process for 2021 will not be re-opened.
Following the postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games to 2021, the FEI Board had previously ruled that European Championships in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines should not be held next year to allow the focus to be on Tokyo. However, the EEF and a number of European National Federations urged the FEI Board to review its decision, resulting in yesterday’s resolution.
“We are very happy to have great venues at Riesenbeck and Hagen available to host the European Championships in Jumping and Dressage next year and we look forward to receiving the final confirmation from the two Organisers for these Championships to go ahead”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.
Sadly there will be no European Eventing Championships in 2021 as the organisers that had put in expressions of interest to host the Championships subsequently withdrew from the process.
The FEI European Para Dressage Championships will also not take place in 2021 to allow athletes to focus on the Tokyo Paralympic Games.